Band Photo: Therion (?)
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active
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Below is our complete Therion news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
After four successful albums and several tours with bands like MANOWAR, DIO, MOTÖRHEAD, SAXON, U.D.O., ICED EARTH and NEVERMORE, Swedish heavy metal masters LION'S SHARE are back with their long-awaited comeback masterpiece, "Emotional Coma", due out on June 15 in Europe through AFM Records. The band features guitar player and founding member Lars Chriss, along with vocalist Patrik Johansson (ASTRAL DOORS, WUTHERING HEIGHTS), bass player Sampo Axelsson (GLENN HUGHES) and well-known session drummer Richard Evensand (CHIMAIRA, SOILWORK, THERION).
Commented Chriss: "We are extremely proud and honored to be a part of such a great label as AFM Records. AFM is home to many great bands and we couldn't be more excited to be a part of that roster. It feels great to work with a label staff that understands our music and goals. We are looking forward to a long and successful cooperation."
According to a press release, "Emotional Coma" is "the heaviest and most powerful LION'S SHARE record to date" and it features guest appearances by Bruce Kulick (KISS), Glen Drover (MEGADETH) and Mats Levén (THERION, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN).
Commented Markus Wosgien, A&R of AFM Records: "The new record is heavy metal at its finest. It shows the band from another side, less progressive, more straight and metal. If you are into the old gods like SAXON, JUDAS PRIEST or ACCEPT — you will love this unique and high-class record, which is a new beginning in the history of this amazing band."
Here is the "Emotional Coma" track listing:
01. Cult of Denial
02. The Arsonist
03. Emotional Coma (feat. Glen Drover)
04. Clones of Fate
05. The Edge of the Razor (feat. Bruce Kulick)
06. Toxication Rave
08. Bloodstained Soil
10. Hatred's My Fuel
11. Sorcerers (ANGEL WITCH cover)
12. Ring of Stupidity (bonus track for Japan and digipak)
In an exclusive partnership between Nuclear Blast Records and MP3.com, THERION's latest studio album, the dual-disc Gothic Kaballah, will be available for streaming in its entirety for seven days prior to the album's North American street date of February 6th.
Founded in Sweden over twenty years ago and rooted in death metal, Johnsson has since catapulted THERION to the outer reaches of progressive / classical rock music. In the band's recent cover feature in Metal Maniacs, Johnsson explains the stylistic shift for the album (which fans have come to expect) and how it is not "gothic" at all in the musical or image sense:
"It's completely different from anything else we've done. We had five writers working on this album; we only had three core band writers before, so that has expanded our horizons. We have also opted for more typically rock vocal styles. We are influenced by quite a lot of '70s bands like Uriah Heep and [even] have Heep's Ken Hensley [guesting on the album]. The title is a translation from Swedish and 'gothic' is the closest English word used to describe the Kaballah, so that's why we used it."
Gothic Kaballah will be available for streaming between January 30th and February 6th, 2007. Fans are encouraged to sign up for a free MP3.com account and participate in the "Press Pass: Your Take" function to write their own review.
ICED EARTH is the latest act confirmed for Wacken Open Air 2007, scheduled for August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.
Acts on the bill now include: More...
LORDI and MENDEED are the latest acts confirmed for the Wacken Open Air 2007 (www.wacken.com) is scheduled for August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.
Acts on the bill now include: 1349, AMORPHIS, BELPHEGOR, BENEDICTUM, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BLACK MAJESTY, BLIND GUARDIAN, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, CHTHONIC, COMMUNIC, DESTRUCTION, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, DIMMU BORGIR, DISILLUSION, ENSLAVED, FALCONER, GRAVE DIGGER, HAGGARD, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, J.B.O., KAMPFAR, LACUNA COIL, LETZTE INSTANZ, LORDI, MENDEED, MOONSORROW, MOONSPELL, MUNICIPAL WASTE, NAPALM DEATH, NEAERA, NORTHER, RAGE & LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTER, SACRED REICH, SAMAEL, SAXON, SCHANDMAUL, SODOM, SONIC SYNDICATE, STORMWARRIOR (featuring GAMMA RAY's Kai Hansen), STRATOVARIUS, SWALLOW THE SUN, THE VISION BLEAK, THERION, TYR, UNHEILIG, VADER and VOLBEAT.
More details as they become available.
MEGADETH/EIDOLON guitarist Glen Drover has recorded a guest solo on the new album from Swedish melodic metal band LION'S SHARE. Also scheduled to appear on the CD are drummer Richard Evensand (CHIMAIRA, SOILWORK), guitarist Bruce Kulick (KISS), and singer Mats Levén (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, THERION, AT VANCE, KRUX), who is responsible for the backing vocals on the entire CD.
LION'S SHARE has uploaded some photos from the current mixing sessions with Ronny Lahti (ROXETTE, SAIGON KICK, EUROPE, GLENN HUGHES, ELECTRIC BOYS) at their MySpace page. Lahti previously worked with the group on their third album, "Fall from Grace".
The as-yet-untitled CD, which is expected to be released in April/May, will feature the following tracks (not in final order): More...
Finnish melodic death/doom metallers SWALLOW THE SUN have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): More...
British grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH have been confirmed for the Hellfest summer open-air 2007 festival, set to take place June 22-24 in Clisson, France. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
For more information, visit Hellfest.fr.
The new album of Therion entitled "Gothic Kabbalah", is now available for streaming here.
Due in North America on February 6, 2007, the CD was recorded and mixed in Stockholm by Stefan Glaumann and features Swedish multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw sharing the vocal duties with Mats Levén and two female singers Katarina Lilja on solo and choral vocals; and Hannah Holgersson on solo, choral, and soprano vocals.
Sweden's THERION has announced the addition of singer Lori Lewis from Minneapolis, Minnesota to its touring lineup. "She is the singer of AESMA DAEVA (a band that actually supported THERION on one of the shows on the U.S./Canada tour 2005)," the group writes on its web site. "Thanx to John (Prassas) from the band for the recomendation and for lending her to us!"
Swedish multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw (MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND, DREAM EVIL) has been named the new singer in THERION. The group's new album, "Gothic Kabbalah", was recorded and mixed in Stockholm by Stefan Glaumann (RAMMSTEIN, EVERGREY, EUROPE) will be released in January 2007 via Nuclear Blast Records. Snowy shares the vocal duties with Mats Lev?n (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, KRUX, AT VANCE) and two female singers. A full-blown European tour with GRAVE DIGGER and SABATON kicks off mid-January.
In other news, Snowy recently did session vocals on the debut album from Swedish doomsters ADONIZE VITA. Snowy has also joined forces with friends Kriss G?bel (FALCONER, DESTINY) and Michael ?berg (NOSTRADAMEUS) in cover band METAL F?R ALLE, performing gigs locally in the Gothenburg area covering the four decades of metal.
Shaw recently recorded produced three new songs for Swedish glam/sleaze act LOUD'N'NASTY, and he also played session drums on the recording. The band will play some Swedish dates (Gothenburg, Kalmar and a planned Glam XXX-mas in Stockholm) in December - their first with Snowy behind the kit.
Also on the Shaw front, Snowy worked with Patric Ullaeus (LACUNA COIL, WITHIN TEMPTATION, IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR) and Revolver Film Company on the video for "I Was Made For Loving You" from MINI ROCKERZ (a.k.a. MINIKISS), a tribute band featuring little people (from 3-foot-11 to 4-foot-4 in height) covering KISS songs in full make-up while playing fake wooden guitars.
Snowy and Mats Levon will be the guest DJs at the Halloween Ball, arranged by Nocturnal Models, in Stockholm November 4.
Sweden's THERION has set Gothic Kabbalah as the title of the new album, due in early 2007. The band will team up with GRAVE DIGGER and SABATON for European tour beginning on January 17 in Essen, Germany. A complete list of tour dates can be found here.
THERION will play with a full symphonic orchestra, choir, plus international opera stars on December 9, 2006 at the Palace Hall in Bucharest, Romania.
CANNIBAL CORPSE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, RAGE, TYR, JBO and AMORPHIS have been confirmed for next year's installment of the cult Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): More...
THERION's official website has been updated with the following:
"We are giving it another shot! A series of videos is now available for downloads. The quality is not the best in the world, but at least it is something. If this doesn't kill the server we will hopefully be able to put up more videos with better quality. So go on over to the Download section and grab them."
As previously reported, the recordings of the band's new album have been completed and the mixing is now in progress. The band "estimate to have the album done by the end of the month." It is set to be released on January 16th.
BLIND GUARDIAN, SAXON, STRATOVARIUS, GRAVE DIGGER, THERION, SAMAEL and SCHANDMAUL have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. Also scheduled to perform at the festival is the reunited Norwegian black metal band IMMORTAL, who will make its only German appearance at Wacken.
ANGTORIA, the new Swedish/British orchestral/metal band featuring female singer Sarah Jezebel Deva (CRADLE OF FILTH, THERION, MORTIIS), composer Chris Rehn (ABYSSOS), CRADLE OF FILTH bassist Dave Pybus and Tommy Rehn (MOAHNI MOAHNA), have posted two full-length songs — "Do You See Me Now" and "Six Feet Unders" — for free download on their official MySpace profile.
ANGTORIA's debut album, "God Has A Plan For Us All", was released in Europe in April via Listenable Records. The mixing process for the CD began on January 14, with acclaimed producer Daniel Bergstrand (IN FLAMES, SOILWORK, MESHUGGAH, DEVIN TOWNSEND, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, BEHEMOTH) stepping in during the initial phase, and Tommy and Chris completing the mix at Sidelake studios with Micke Öhlén. The mastering was finished February 14 at the Cutting Room in Stockholm by Björn Engelmann, who has previously worked with RAMMSTEIN, IN FLAMES, SOILWORK, DIMMU BORGIR and WITHIN TEMPTATION, among others. The initial cover concept/idea was developed by Sarah. The CD is available in two versions: a standard jewel case version and a digipack version with a bonus track.
Grave Digger have confirmed dates for their co-headlining European tour with Therion at the start of 2007. They are as follows:
17 - Essen, Germany at Weststadthalle
18 - Strasbourg, France at La Laiterie
19 - Lichtenfels, Germany at Stadthalle
20 - Antwerpen, Belgium at Hof Ter Loo
21 - London, UK at Mean Fiddler
23 - Paris, France at Elysee Montmartre
24 - Lyon, France at Ninkaso Kao
25 - Barcelona, Spain at Razzmatazz 2
26 - Madrid, Spain at La Riveria
27 - Bilbao, Spain at Santana 27
28 - Toulouse, France at SDF Ramonville
29 - Milano, Italy at Alcatrazz
31 - Lubljana, Slovenia at VPK Mediapark
1 - Zagreb, Croatia at Boogaloo
2 - Salzburg, Austria at Rockhouse
3 - Vienna, Austria at Planet Music
4 - Budapest, Hungary at Petofi Hall
5 - Belgrad, Serbia at SKC
7 - Stuttgart, Germany at Longhorn
8 - Langen, Germany at Stadthalle
9 - Pratteln, Switzerland at Z7
10 - Glauchau, Germany at Alte Spinnerei
11 - Munich, Germany at New Backstage
12 - Prague, Czech Republic at Avalon
13 - Krakow, Poland at Club 38
14 - Warszawa, Poland at Proxima
15 - Berlin, Germany at Columbia Club
Benedictum was originally announced as the support band for the tour but this has yet to be confirmed.
Guitarist Christofer Johnsson reports that "pre-production of the new album is going well" and offered the following information about his time in the studio:
"Work = all the time; Sleep = never. THERION never give out any info like titles of songs on future releases before it's 100% finished. None [of the tracks] in particular feel difficult and they're all extremely enjoyable. The one with the working title 'Egypt' is one of the mosst enjoyable ones, but of course you won't know what song that is [until] the album finally goes public. A new electronic device I've picked up recently: a D.W. Fearn microphone amplifier." When asked about obtaining the Limited Edition George Lucas Stormtrooper action figure, Johnsson responded, "I think I can survive without that one."
In other news, the first CONFIRMED dates for THERION's World Tour for 2007 (with Grave Digger and Benedictum) have been announced and include: More...
THERION founder Christofer Johnsson has posted the following update at the band's official website, confirming his previously announced plans to have Therion back on the road in early 2007:
"Therion will go on tour again starting in end of January 2007.
I don't like when local promoters are announcing Therion shows before they are official. Before a contract has been signed, it is not to be considered an officially booked show. When the contracts are signed, you will see the date on this website.
I cannot post dates here that are uncertain because I have to take responsability for what I post. If the schedule change a million times, no one will trust in it in the end. Plus we will have hundreds of questions why we c'ancel' shows that have never been 100% booked in the first place.
So, if you hear about a Therion show somewhere else than on this page, it means something is (probably) going on there, but before you see dates on this page, nothing legal is signed."
On Wednesday, September 14th I went to BBkings in New York City, NY to see Therion and Beyond the Embrace. As I walked into the venue as doors opened, I saw about six people standing around waiting for the concert to start. I met up with a friend and chilled until it started. What was scary was how we were the only people there until about 15 minutes before Beyond the Embrace took the stage. About 30 people showed up in those 15 minutes. I was scared that Therion drastically undersold the show. I was very wrong. By the time Beyond the Embrace finished the venue was packed. I didn’t even notice how many people were pouring in, since I was front row out of the three rows of people there. By the time Therion was playing I couldn’t move. Before Beyond the Embrace took the stage, I thought I saw Brian Fair from Shadows Fall hanging out at the bar, but wasn’t sure, so I went up to him and said, “Hey, what’s up”. Turns out it was him and he was cool. We had a short conversation because the concert started and it would be nearly impossible to hear each other. More...
The following announcement has been posted at the official THERION website with regards to frontman Christoffer Johnsson's parting ways with DEMONOID, the death metal act also featuring Therion members Kristian Niemann (guitars) and Johan Niemann (bass):
"As a result of too little time, and as previously announced, also wanting to stop singing, Chris has withdrawn from Demonoid and the band have already found a replacement vocalist.
Chris wish them all the best and has offered the band his assistance in negotiating the band a new long term record deal.
There was always different opinions in what direction the band should go in terms of activity. Chris didn't want to play live, while the other guys didn't mind touring if there was time for it in between the Therion projects.
So, this means you will not only see a new Demonoid album (when they have time to record it), you will also most likely be able to see them live on stage some time in the future as well."